The Lagos State Government has said the heaps of refuse threatening to take over the state will be a thing of the past before the rainy season.
The Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, stated on Wednesday that the waste management challenges were due to the implementation of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative which was introduced to ensure a healthy, effective and sustainable environment.
Durosinmi-Etti, at the annual Ministerial Press Briefing in Ikeja to mark the third anniversary of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration, said, “Very soon, Lagos will be very clean. We are working hard in partnership with all stakeholders to ensure we address the challenges.
“Both the government and the residents will jointly address the challenges and with Visionscape (the state appointed waste management company) and the Private Sector Participation operators working together, the challenges would soon be over.
“In another one month before the rainy season, it will be over. We know that the rainy season is fast approaching and we are also preparing, but I will like to say that soon, the challenges will be surmounted.”
He said 13,958 community sanitation workers had been employed to sweep inner streets in the 377 political wards in the state.
The commissioner stated that the PSP operators had been given the responsibility of managing residential and general waste collection, while Visionscape would ensure waste management of infrastructure across the state and intervene in waste collection to cover any service lapses that might occur.
Durosinmi-Etti said the government had been increasing access to safe drinking water by adding 10 million gallons per day to bring water supply to 220MGD, adding that a total of 48 mini waterworks were rehabilitated in Ikeja, Surulere, Onikan, Epe, Ikorodu, Dolphin, Ajangbadi and Victoria Island, among others.
The commissioner said the government, through the Lagos State Parks and Gardens, propagated over 100,000 seedlings of various species in the period under review, while it cumulatively planted 7,388,096 trees.
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